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Chelsea end slump with win over Fulham

Chelsea returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Fulham at Stamford Bridge – a result which took them, albeit momentarily to the top of the Premier League.

They ended the weekend in fourth place following wins for Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, but can reclaim top spot with three points against Spurs next time out.

The Blues had to wait until seven minutes into the second half for the breakthrough, when Brazil international Oscar fired in from close range.

Their advantage was doubled when Jon Obi Mikel grabbed his first league goal for the club six minutes from time.

Juan Mata was again absent from proceedings, but is set to play in the club’s Capital One Cup third round tie at Swindon Town on Tuesday evening.

The Spain international has barely featured under Jose Mourinho, despite clinching the teams Player of the Year in both of his seasons with the club so far.

Meanwhile, Josh McEachran has joined Championship side Watford on loan until January 2nd, according to Sky Sports.

The 20 year old spent the majority of last season with Middlesbrough, where he made thirty-eight appearances, and has also spent time at Swansea City since his last appearance for Chelsea.

Barcelona back in for Luiz

Chelsea are bracing themselves for a bid from Barcelona for defender David Luiz, the Mirror understands.

The La Liga champions have been linked with the Brazil international all summer as they look to recruit a new centre half.

The Catalan clubs defensive frailties were exposed last season, none more so than in the 7-0 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

Bayern, who went on to win the competition, yesterday ruled themselves  out of a move for Luiz, though Blues boss Jose Mourinho has insisted that the 26 year old is not for sale.

Nevertheless, Barcelona are reportedly lining up a £30m offer, with the hope that new signing Neymar can help tempt his international teammate to move to Spain.

Elsewhere, Chelsea are on alert after Brazil international Willian expressed a desire to quit Anzhi Makhachkala, according to the Metro.

The 24 year old has stressed that he wants to play in the Premier League, and is likely to jump at the chance should the Blues come calling.

Meanwhile, midfielder Josh McEachran could be set for a loan move to La Liga side Real Sociedad, the Mail Online understands.

The 20 year old spent last season with Middlesbrough, though the North East club have declined the chance to take him for the forthcoming campaign.

Ba relishing competition for places

Demba Ba is keen to remain at Stamford Bridge next season and prove his worth to manager Jose Mourinho, Sky Sports understands.

The Senegal international has been linked with a move away from the club this summer, with Aston Villa and West Ham United both said to be interested in securing his services.

He faces extra competition next season following Romelu Lukaku’s return from West Bromwich Albion, while the Blues remain keen on bringing in Wayne Rooney from Manchester United.

Ba scored Chelsea’s third goal in an 8-1 rout over the Indonesia All Stars yesterday; the third and final game of the Asia leg of their pre-season tour.

Eden Hazard opened the scoring with a penalty, before goals from Ramires, Ba and John Terry gave the Blues a comfortable 4-0 lead at half time.

Bertrand Traore got on the score-sheet shortly after the break, while three more goals in thirteen minutes – two from Romelu Lukaku and a second from Ramires, made it eight-nil with twenty-five minutes left on the clock.  An own goal from Tomas Kalas was scant consolation for the hosts.

Elsewhere, Middlesbrough have rejected the opportunity to take midfielder Josh McEachran on loan again this season.